June 7, 2016

Finland developed world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker

Polaris will join Arctia’s fleet this summer.
Polaris will join Arctia’s fleet this summer.
Arctech Helsinki

Finland presented Polaris, the most environmentally friendly diesel-electric icebreaker ever built.

Polaris, owned and operated by Finland-based Arctia, is the most environmentally friendly diesel-electric icebreaker ever built. Polaris uses both low sulphur diesel and LNG as fuel, which significantly reduces its emissions. Also, the vessel’s hull form and propulsion arrangement will minimise ice resistance and maximise its icebreaking capacity.

The main purpose of Polaris is icebreaking and assisting other vessels in ice conditions in the Baltic Sea. The LNG fuelled icebreaker is also able to perform oil spill response operations, emergency towing and rescue operations at open sea all year round.

Finnish companies, such as Aker ArcticWärtsilä, ILS and Lamor, to name a few, have been involved in designing, building and operating Polaris.

The design and the technical features of the new icebreaker were presented in Helsinki on 6 June as part of the CIMAC World Congress, and the vessel will join Arctia’s fleet this summer.

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